Zach Murray grabs 36-hole lead at Master of the Amateurs
Zach Murray
Zach Murray

MELBOURNE, Australia (Jan. 7, 2015) — Successive rounds of 69 have given young local golfer Zach Murray a one stroke lead going into tomorrow’s third round of the Australian Master of the Amateurs Championsip being played at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

Murray who is just 17, was the Victorian Amateur champion in 2013 and is a member at nearby Commonwealth Golf Club. Considering today’s temperature in the high 30’s and the strong winds, Murray said he was happy with his round that included three bogeys and six birdies.

Another teenager, Frazer Droop from Yarrawonga and Melbourne golfer Andrew Schonewille , a member at Yarra Yarra, also appeared undaunted by today’s condition. Both carded 68's, equalling the best round of the day. They sit just one shot behind the leader and a shot clear of a group of four; first round leader Ben Eccles, Queenslander Cory Crawford and the best performed international so far, David Snyder from the USA.

Englishmen Paul Howard and Nick Marsh and Chieh-Po Lee from Chinese Taipei are in a group of seven a further shot back.

A third of this world class field of 78 recorded sub-par rounds today, and with such a tightly packed leader-board, the fight for the Green Jacket remains wide open.

Results For Australian Master of the Amateurs
1AustraliaZach MurrayAustralia120069-69-67-71=286
2AustraliaCory CrawfordAustralia90069-71-69-69=278
T3CABryson DeChambeauClovis, CA70074-70-66-70=280
T3AustraliaBen EcclesAustralia70066-74-68-72=280
T5EnglandPaul HowardEngland70073-69-73-66=281

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ABOUT THE Master of the Amateurs

The Master of the Amateurs, a 72-hole medal play Championship played in Melbourne, Australia, has rapidly become one of the elite championships in amateur golf. Like The Masters, the champion receives a Green Jacket. Contestants participate in the first round of the championship with professional golfers in a unique Am-Pro Invitational.

The Master of the Amateurs winner gets an invitation to the Players Amateur and Porter Cup in the U.S. Likewise the winners of those two tournaments receive invitations to the next Master of the Amateurs tournament.

A qualifying round (see tournament website for date and handicap requirement) allows three non-exempt players to earn invitations into the prestigious field.

A women's division featuring 21 elite female amateurs has been added starting with the 2018 tournament.

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